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What is Acupuncture? What Does it Treat?

Acupuncture is an ancient powerful healing art developed in China thousands of years ago that uses the insertion of  thin needles to balance the body’s energy or Qi (chee).  Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile, single-use needles placed in specific locations around the body to manipulate that energy and aid the body’s natural ability to heal itself. There are acupuncture points all over the body, including the face and scalp. Where you will have needles placed will depend on your signs and symptoms. Established as one of the most important components of Chinese medicine, acupuncture promotes natural healing and improved physical and emotional well being.

Well known for its effectiveness in treating various conditions, Acupuncture has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These bodies have declared Acupuncture an effective treatment for conditions such as:

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Infections
  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Allergies
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Back pain
  • Weak immune system
  • Painful or Irregular Menstruation
  • Menopause 
  • Infertility
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Muscle and joint pain (tendonitis, bursitis, sprains)
  • Chemotherapy related nausea
  • Depression
  • Post-operative dental pain
  • Digestive problems (ulcers, nausea, sinusitis, gastritis, irritable bowel)
  • Skin disorders
  • Addictions
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Urinary problems

You will meet with your doctor for a conversation about your signs and symptoms and your comprehensive health history. You may be asked some questions about your diet, exercise, and lifestyle. The doctor will insert the needles and leave you will rest for 15 to 30 minutes. There may be an occasional adjustment of needles. Undressing is not necessary for acupuncture treatments but you should wear loose, comfortable clothes.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

The acupuncture treatments themselves typically do not hurt. Occasionally you will feel a pinching sensation as the needles are inserted. Some areas of the body may be more sensitive than other areas.   It is not expected to be uncomfortable or painful. If you do experience any pain or discomfort, advise your practitioner immediately, as your needles may need to be adjusted.  Many patients report a variety of sensations, such as tingling, numbness, and “spreading warmth,” which is associated with renewed flow of Chi.

Are There Any Side Effects to Acupuncture?

Following an acupuncture treatment you will be advised to rest and drink extra water. Most people feel very relaxed and/or energized after an acupuncture treatment. On occasion you may experience a small bruise where a needle was inserted. If you experience any pain, large bruises, or  swelling, after an acupuncture treatment, advise your  doctor immediately.

You will meet with your doctor for a conversation about your signs and symptoms and your comprehensive health history. You may be asked some questions about your diet, exercise, and lifestyle. The doctor will insert the needles and leave you to rest for 15 to 30 minutes. There may be an occasional adjustment of needles. Undressing is not necessary for acupuncture treatments but you should wear loose, comfortable clothes.

Are There Any Reasons Why I Should Not Be Treated with Acupuncture?

While there are no contraindications to receiving acupuncture, there may be certain conditions or circumstances that may prevent you from receiving a treatment today. Some conditions may mean that certain acupuncture points or treatments are cautioned or contraindicated, and your treatment plan will be adjusted accordingly.

Call West Hartford Acupuncture Today to Schedule an Appointment

We refer our patients seeking acupuncture treatment in compliance with chiropractic therapy to Jill Marie Kleiber, L.AC. and Matt Maneggia, L.AC.from West Hartford Acupuncture. They accept many insurances. Visit their website at http://www.whacupuncture.com/ for more information. 

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